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Access Points or APs are the fundamental components in an infrastructure Wireless LAN.
An Access Point provides wireless clients with a point of access into a network.
Access Points come in many different types and configurations: autonomous or lightweight; single-radio or multi-radio; with internal or external antennas; housed for internal or external installation.
An Autonomous Access Point is a relatively intelligent device which is managed directly and holds its configuration locally.
A Lightweight Access Point (LAP) is configured and managed by a Wireless LAN Controller (WLC).
The absolute minimum configuration that is needed for Access Points (APs) includes:
Setting the SSID; setting the channel number (e.g. 1, 6 or 11); setting Radio Power Level (e.g. 50mW / 17dBm); configuring Wireless Security settings: options include WEP and WPA or WPA v2 using Personal or Enterprise authentication: PSK or 802.1x/EAP; setting the supported data rates: 1Mbps, 2Mbps, 5.5Mbps,
and much more for Enterprise-grade networks, for example mixed b/g mode, Multiple SSIDs, Wireless VLANs, Captive Portal Authentication, RADIUS servers, QoS / WMM,
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802.11 802.11a 802.11b 802.11g 802.11i 802.11n 802.1X 802.3 802.x AC Access Point Ad-Hoc AES AirTime Fairness Association Authentication Band Steering Bit Bridge BSS BSSID Byte Co-channel Interference Datagram dB dBi dBm DLL DSSS DTPC EAP ESS ESSID EVM EWG FEC FHSS Fragmentation Frame Fresnel Zone Hidden Node HT Hz IBSS IEEE Infrastructure Mode inSSIDer Intel MWT Interference IP IPv6 ISM LAN MAC MCS MIMO Mobile VoIP Multipath Mutual Interference Octet OFDM OSI Packet Passphrase PCI Wireless Compliance PDU Peer-peer PHY PLCP Protocol PSK PSMP Repeater RF Roaming RSN RSNA RTS/CTS SAP SDU Security SGI Signal Strength SIP Trunk Site Survey SMPS SNMP Spectrum Analysis SSID STA Sublayer Symbol TCP Throughput Booster UDP UMA UNII UP VoFi Voice over WLAN Voice-Enterprise Voice-Personal WAPI WEP WFMP WGB Wi-Spy WiDi WiFi Wireless Wireless Security Wireless Site Survey Wireless Tutorials Wireless-N WM WMM Word WPA WPA Enterprise WPA Personal WPA-PSK WPA2
WPA2 is a term used in 802.11 WiFi wireless networks (Wi-Fi Wireless LANs / WLANs).
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